TMC MP Srinjoy Bose to remain in jail till Nov 26; Mamata terms arrest as `political vendetta`

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Nov 22: The Alipore court on Saturday remanded Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Srinjoy Bose to CBI custody till November 26. Bose was arrested in connection with the Saradha chitfund probe case by the CBI on Friday.

Srinjoy Bose is the second Trinamool MP to be arrested in the case after Kunal Ghosh. The other influential persons having close relation with the TMC include East Bengal Club official Debabrata Sarkar, former DGP Rajat Majumdar, businessman Sandhir Agarwal and singer Sadanand Gogoi apart from Saradha boss Sudipta Sen Ghosh.

Bose has reportedly been accused of breach of trust, cheating, and criminal conspiracy. He was taken into CBI custody as the probe agency found glaring inconsistencies in his statements during the marathon six-hour questioning on Friday.

CBI officials claimed that Bose, who kept changing his version and drifted from his statements recorded earlier, failed to substantiate his claims with documents.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hits out at BJP and termed the arrest of TMC MPs as “political vendetta”.

Addressing the party workers at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Mamata said: “I do not need character certificate from the BJP…My credentials are known to the people of Bengal.”

She further said: “Just because I went to Delhi to attend a conclave of secular parties, they took revenge by nabbing our MPs”.

Earlier this month, Trinamool Congress MP and Saradha scam prime accused Kunal Ghosh was hospitalized after he allegedly tried to commit suicide in jail. A suicide note and sleeping pills were also recovered from his cell.

Ghosh, who headed Saradha media arm before being arrested in November last year, has been alleging the involvement of several leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress including its top brass.

Former TMC MP had threatened to commit suicide when he was produced before the special CBI court probing the scam, demanding the immediate arrest of those who were involved in the swindle.

(With Agency Inputs)

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